Monday, December 8, 2014

African-American Film Critics Assn. Names 'Selma,' 'Belle,' 'Unbroken' Among 2014's Top Films

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood December 8, 2014 at 3:00PM

Selma has been named the African-American Film Critics Association's top movie of the year. The first studio picture with Martin Luther King, Jr., as the protagonist won accolates from the AAFCA for its director Ava Duvernay, its lead actor David Oyelowo, and its music by John Legend.
Among the AAFCA's other top-ten pics were Amma Asante's Belle and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken.
Gina Prince-Bythewood received the Best Screenplay prize for Beyond the LightsBelle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who also starred in Beyond the Lights), Black or White's Octavia Spencer, and Dear White People's Tessa Thompson picked up acting trophies.
AAFCA winners will be feted at a dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Hollywood.
Here are the women honored by the AAFCA this year:
Best Picture - Selma
Best Actress - Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer, Black or White
Breakout Performance - Tessa Thompson, Dear White People
Best Director - Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)

By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 8, 2014 at 3:54PM

The group also handed honors to Ava DuVernay for Best Director, Best Actor David Oyelowo, and Best Song for the theme "Glory" by John Legend and Common. Though this first MLK Jr. biopic—really more of a window into one period in his life—doesn't hit theaters until Christmas, the film has been been gaining traction in the Academy Awards race, winning honors from the National Board of Review, Palm Springs International Film Festival and more.

Other winners were "Belle" leading lady Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Black or White"'s Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer and a Best Supporting Actor tie between J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash" and Tyler Perry's terrific "Gone Girl" performance.

Gina Prince-Bythewood took Best Screenplay for "Beyond the Lights," while Gotham winner Tessa Thompson got Breakout Performance kudos for "Dear White People." "Life Itself" took documentary honors, "The Boxtrolls" won Best Animated Film, "Timbuktu" received the world cinema prize and "Get On Up" won for Best Ensemble.

AAFCAA's top ten is as follows:

1. "Selma"
2. "The Imitation Game"
3. "The Theory of Everything"
4. "Birdman"
5. "Belle"
6. "Top Five"
7. "Unbroken"
8. "Dear White People"
9. "Get On Up"
10. "Black or White"

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